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Hetrick new brand manager

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently named Lucy Hetrick of Canton as brand manager in the Public Affairs Division. Hetrick previously was a creative director for the Marketing and Communication Division of the Mississippi Development Authority. Hetrick is a graphic designer with over 25 years of experience. At MDA, Hetrick was responsible for many projects including designing the state’s current ...

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UPDATED: American cancels Jackson-to-Charlotte flights as massive blizzard arrives

Winter weather conditions have already begun to impact flights to and from the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Weather conditions are likely to cause system disruptions throughout the weekend. American Air Lines reports all flights serving Jackson to and from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport have been cancelled for Friday.   Passengers are advised to contact their airlines directly to monitor any changes to ...

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Fight for control of Jackson airport set for takeoff

By TED CARTER What the State of Mississippi gives it can take away, state Sen. Josh Harkins insists in explaining his push to create a tri-county board to control Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. With tens of thousands of people having moved out of Jackson to Rankin and Madison counties in recent decades, Jackson is not the suitable ruler for the ...

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Airport in the black but high costs to carriers worry bond raters

By TED CARTER Increases in carrier landing fees and parking charges have helped Jackson’s Municipal Airport Authority regain its financial footing after the June 2014 departure of Southwest Airlines. The airline accounted for 27 percent of Jackson-Evers’ passenger count. For the last two fiscal years, the Airport Authority has reported $3.8 million in revenues over expenses. That positive revenue picture comes ...

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Renault-Nissan to introduce 10 self-driving vehicles by 2020

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — The Renault-Nissan Alliance is entering the race to build autonomous cars with a plan to introduce 10 models capable of temporarily relieving humans of their driving duties on highways and city streets. The road map laid out Thursday calls for Renault-Nissan to gradually phase in the self-driving vehicles in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China as its ...

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Hinds County joins Jackson in fight for airport control

JACKSON — Hinds County supervisors say they will join Jackson officials in fighting off any attempt by the state to take control of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The Clarion-Ledger reports the city of Jackson currently has authority to oversee the airport. Hinds County District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham says the county could be negatively impacted if money from ...

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Mississippi leaders insist on tying tax cuts to new roads, bridge taxes

By TED CARTER Tax cuts for business owners will likely be the trade-off Mississippians must make to gain new funding to fix up highways and bridges across the state. The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee says he expects new fees and taxes to pay for transportation infrastructure maintenance will be part of a legislative package that includes tax cuts, including ...

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Supervisors Association says counties shorted in transportation funding plan

By TED CARTER The organization that represents the boards of supervisors for Mississippi counties says counties need much more than a 10 percent share from a proposed $375 million annual allocation for roads and bridge maintenance. The plan presented by a 24-member task force created by the Mississippi Economic Council would give counties and cities $75 million annually from the $375 ...

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ANALYSIS — Tax fairness could be issue in push for transportation money

Mississippi could get smoother roads, lower taxes and a tax system more tilted to favor the rich than it does today. That’s one possible outcome of a “tax shift” that some people are discussing as the 2016 legislative approaches. It would work something like this: lawmakers would vote to raise fuel or other taxes to repave roads and rebuild bridges. ...

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